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Man Who Committed Double Murder In Clovis Stays In Prison; Supreme Court Affirms Murder Convictions

on July 5, 2017 - 7:39am
Enrique Deleon
AG News:
CLOVIS Attorney General Hector Balderas announced June 30 that Enrique Deleon will stay in prison for the double murder of Guadalupe Castaneda and Joe Valero that he committed while a 5-year-old girl was in a nearby car.
The Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Deleon’s murder convictions for which he received a sentence of life in prison for each murder. Deleon murdered the couple in Clovis after a fight at a family cookout.
“Keeping New Mexico’s most dangerous, violent offenders

Luján: Celebrating Freedom ... Liberty ... Democracy

on July 4, 2017 - 1:38pm
From U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NM 3rd Congressional District

Independence Day is such an important holiday to me. Not only are we celebrating our nation’s 241st birthday, we are celebrating the ideals our nation was founded upon. We are celebrating freedom. We are celebrating liberty. We are celebrating our democracy.

Our democracy is what makes our nation so great. We the people get to decide the direction of our nation. We were the first nation founded on the ideas that power derives from the people, not its leaders. We must remember that we have the power to enact great change!

Judicial Compensation Commission Meets Wednesday

on July 4, 2017 - 11:28am
SANTA FE  The Judicial Compensation Commission will meet Wednesday to consider recommendations to the Legislature for a possible judicial salary increase in the 2019 fiscal year.
  • TIME: 9 a.m.
  • DATE: Wednesday, July 5.
  • PLACE: Supreme Court Building, Room 208, 237 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe.
The independent six-member commission is required by state law to annually recommend a judicial pay plan to the Legislative Finance Committee and the Department of Finance and Administration.
Improved judicial salaries are needed to help retain judges and recruit a diverse mix of

Air Force Negotiates Kirtland AFB Research Park EUL

on July 4, 2017 - 10:31am
KAFB News:
JOINT BASE SANANTONIO-LACKLAND — The Air Force is proceeding with negotiations for the proposed research park Enhanced Use Lease, or EUL, on approximately 107 acres of non-excess property on the perimeter of Kirtland Air Force Base. 
Prior to proceeding with negotiations, a multi-discipline source selection evaluation board reviewed one or more proposals received in response to a competitive solicitation to lease and develop the available property.   
Thunderbird Kirtland Development, Ltd Co., or TKD, submitted a proposal to develop a research park with office,

NMSP: Positive Identification Made For Missing Hiker Paris Shane Wallace

on July 4, 2017 - 10:28am
NMSP News:
  • The Office of the Medical Investigator has confirmed and positively identified the body recovered in the below search and rescue mission as that of Paris Shane Wallace.
On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, 2017, New Mexico State Police officers were contacted by Mitzi Wallace of Clifton, Colorado, who wanted to report her husband was missing. Mrs. Wallace stated her husband, Paris Shane Wallace, 52, had gone hiking in the Espanola/Taos, NM area. Her last contact with him was the day prior, June 13, 2017, around 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Wallace stated she expected Mr.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Motor Vehicle Division

on July 4, 2017 - 8:56am

On the Job in Los Alamos at the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, from left, Sara Maestas, Kelly Tyler and Belinda Armendariz. The local MVD office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 997 Central Ave. For information, call 505.662.4243. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

State Drunk Driving Ads Recognized Nationally

on July 4, 2017 - 8:46am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that one of the state’s TV ad campaigns called, “Reality Series – Over the Limit,” to combat DWI is featured on the Governors Highway Safety Association’s website. This showcases what New Mexico is doing to fight drunk driving to other states.
“I am very pleased that New Mexico can be an example to other states,” Martinez said.

NMSP/Local Agencies Conduct Warrant Round Up For Absconders From Justice

on July 4, 2017 - 8:33am
NMSP News:
The New Mexico State Police in conjunction with local and federal agencies continually conduct warrant round-ups for absconders from justice.
June 30, the NMSP Santa Fe Uniform Bureau, along with the Santa Fe Sheriff's Office and New Mexico Adult Probation and Parole conducted a warrant round-up.

Four persons were located and arrested:

  • Mark Ramirez for Criminal Sexual Penetration, Second Degree;
  • Melinda Montoya for a DWI Probation violation;
  • Elmer Ornelas for burglary and failure to comply with child support requirements; and
  • Gabe Pacheco for traffic offenses.

Appeals Court Defends Oil And Gas Waste Rule

on July 4, 2017 - 8:24am
In a win for children’s health and climate protection, a federal appeals court in Washington D.C. has blocked the Trump Administration’s suspension of EPA standards that keep the oil and gas industry’s pollution out of the air children breathe.
"This ruling means that hundreds of new wells in New Mexico will have to capture methane, a natural resource that belongs to all Americans. This is a gas that is being extracted from public lands and is simply wasted by private companies.

Attorney General Balderas Announces Technology Grant Opportunity For Schools, Local Government Agencies

on July 4, 2017 - 7:52am
AG News:
SANTA FE  Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the opening of a grant application period for the distribution of technology grants to New Mexico schools, colleges, universities, and local government agencies.
These entities can apply for funds to support innovative technology projects, including equipment purchase, via the DRAM Settlement Fund, a result of a computer industry lawsuit settled by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, in which the state was awarded approximately $294,000. These funds will be awarded to public agencies, in one-time

Northern New Mexico National Forests Announce Funding Opportunity For Land And Water Quality Improvements; Applications Due July 31

on July 4, 2017 - 7:51am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Up to $680,000 in funding is available to Tribal and local governments, small businesses, non-governmental organizations and Forest Service field units for projects that benefit forest ecosystems and land and water quality on the Cibola, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests.
The money is available through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, a federal law that sends millions of dollars into local communities for education, law enforcement, roads and other programs.

Video Highlights Importance Of National Monuments

on July 3, 2017 - 8:59am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released a video highlighting the economic impact that national monuments have had in their states and across the country.
In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rescinding national monument designations made by President Obama under the Antiquities Act.

Goodwin: Educational Retirement Plan

on July 3, 2017 - 8:19am
By JAN GOODWIN, Executive Director
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
Both of my parents are retired educators, so my family understands firsthand the importance of secure retirement benefits for educational employees.
The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) plays an important role in the lives of our 46,000 retirees and 60,000 active members. They and the Legislature have entrusted NMERB with providing secure retirement benefits to all of New Mexico’s public educational employees and their beneficiaries.
I consider this a sacred trust.

NMED Offers Free Water Tests For Pojoaque Basin Private Well Owners

on July 3, 2017 - 7:13am

NMED News:

Santa Fe – Santa Fe County, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) are hosting a free Domestic Well Water Testing event for residents in the Pojoaque Basin with private wells serving homes not connected to a public water utility.

The event is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 7 at the Pojoaque High School Gymnasium, 1574 N.M. 502 in Pojoaque.

These free well water tests will be offered on a first‐come, first‐served basis.

NEA Honors Dr. Veronica García For Leading Public Education Advocacy In New Mexico

on July 3, 2017 - 6:47am


  • Annual gala also marks 50th anniversary of the NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner 

BOSTON—Because of her hard work and strong advocacy for public education and students, especially for disadvantaged children from poor families, Dr. Veronica García, the superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, has been awarded the NEA H. Councill Trenholm Award.

Since 1967, NEA has recognized and honored those who have fought — and continue to fight — for human and civil rights.

Training Conducted For School Officials On Internet Crimes Against Children

on July 3, 2017 - 6:32am
LAS CRUCES  Third Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio and prosecutors from the District Attorney’s Office hosted a free, informational workshop on Internet Crimes Against Children.
About 30 teachers, counselors, administrators, IT specialists and security officers from Las Cruces Public Schools attended the workshop, as did several local law enforcement officers. 

“As a prosecutor and as a father, I understand how critically important it is to keep the children of our community safe from child predators,” D’Antonio said.

Heinrich Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution Designating June Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month

on July 3, 2017 - 6:26am


WASHINGTON, D.C— U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored a bipartisan resolution designating June 2017 as National Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) Awareness Month and June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day.

The intent is to raise awareness about challenges facing servicemembers, veterans and others who experience post-traumatic stress, and to eliminate the stigma sometimes associated with it.

Possible Drowning At Cochiti Lake

on July 2, 2017 - 9:50pm
NMSP News:
COCHITI LAKE/SANDOVAL COUNTY -- The New Mexico State Police were asked to assist with a possible drowning victim Saturday at Cochiti Lake, just south of Santa Fe. The subject is believed to be a 34-year-old male from Albuquerque.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., the Sandoval County Sheriff's Department requested the assistance of the NMSP Dive Team to locate the victim within the lake. Once officers arrived on scene and met with all agencies involved it was determined that the New Mexico State Police would take over the operation.
The New Mexico State Police Dive has been on the

Udall Joins In Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

on July 2, 2017 - 7:19am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness and improve direct support services for Native American veterans.
Hoeven and Udall are the chairman and vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Tester and Isakson are the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
The legislation, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act would formally authorize a joint Tribal housing initiative between the U.S.

Play It Safe With Fireworks ... Don't Get Burned!

on July 1, 2017 - 10:16am


The Independence Day holiday weekend is hear and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is urging residents to celebrate a safe Fourth of July and to use extreme caution with fireworks.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is traditionally the time for parties, barbecues and fireworks, but for emergency rooms in New Mexico, it’s more than that.

It’s a day where the hospital staff knows to expect to see patients arriving suffering burns, bruises, lacerations, even foreign objects in the eye.

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day, yet the day can

Pearce Statement On The Corporate Transparency Act

on July 1, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, Thursday released the following statement after Representative Maloney (NY-12) introduced the Corporate Transparency Act:
“Too often, funding for national and international crime is facilitated through anonymous businesses and corporations. The United States must do more to cut off the ability of criminal enterprises to launder money through anonymous shell companies.

State Police Investigation Into Prison Narcotics Smuggling Leads To Arrest Of John Aragon

on July 1, 2017 - 6:49am
NMSP News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Corrections contacted the New Mexico State Police to investigate allegations that an employee was illegally taking narcotics into the State Prison facility in Santa Fe in return for financial compensation from outside sources.
The employee was a corrections officer identified as John Aragon, 60, of Albuquerque.
Aragon was allegedly responsible for transporting narcotics inside the facility and passing the narcotics on to inmates.

Heinrich Secures Major Gains For N.M. Military Bases, National Labs, High-Tech Manufacturing Economy

on July 1, 2017 - 6:39am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S.  SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state.

The committee voted unanimously to report the bill yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

“I am proud to have authored a

Celebrate Fourth Of July On Santa Fe National Forest But 'Know Before You Go'

on June 30, 2017 - 7:54am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is ready to welcome the large number of visitors who traditionally celebrate Independence Day weekend in the great outdoors. 
But if you decide to take advantage of the recreational opportunities on the SFNF, it’s always good to “Know Before You Go” (
The SFNF remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions. Campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and picnic areas with established fire rings and grills.

BLM Taos Field Office Announces Emergency Fire Prevention Closure Of San Pedro Mountains

on June 30, 2017 - 7:46am

BLM News: 


Taos – Due to increased risk of human-caused fire and current fire danger, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is temporarily closing public lands into or upon the San Pedro Mountains in Santa Fe County.


 Closure warnings have been posted at the entrances to the San Pedro Mountains. This order will remain in effect until July 29 or until the area receives significant moisture.


A map and copy of the fire prevention order are available at


Exemptions to this order: Any Federal, State, local and/or military employee acting